Stranger-than-usual circumstances lead grizzly enforcer Liam Blake to a small town to find answers. Lying to the local authorities and getting the job done proves difficult when Liam is forced to partner with the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. How can he work beside her when his inner bear screams to claim her as his mate?
I’ve been a little curious why bear shifter romances are so popular all of a sudden. Do people think bears are sexy? Wolves, I kinda get. They’re sleek, fast, stealth, scary predators. But bears? They’re lumbering and slobbering. They’re The Hulk of the animal kingdom (good for smashing, but not too sexy). So, when I saw this book with its well-written blurb and female Sheriff heroine, I thought, what the hell? Time to finally see what all the fuss is about. I’m glad I gave it a chance, because overall, I really enjoyed it. (Much better results than my recent foray into erotica. Ugh.)
The author has a nice flowing writing style, which makes this an easy read. Y’all know how much I like a nice easy read. (I’m not one for overworking my brain) The setting is so well-written that I felt like I was right there alongside the characters while they were solving the mystery.
Emma is my favorite kind of romance heroine. She’s tough, good at her job, and is making an impact in a male-dominated world without losing her femininity. I liked her enough to add her to our “Kick-ass heroines” category. Liam does his part as the strong, brooding, alpha hero who instantly recognizes Emma as his mate. (Yes, folks, there’s instalove, so if that kind of thing bothers you, you might have a problem with this one. It doesn’t bother me in PNR, but I can see where it’s a trigger for other readers.)
If this were a standalone, I’d gripe a bit about an overall lack of character development, but it’s a series that will focus on Emma, Liam and company going forward, so I’m assuming the author will handle this in future books. She gave me no reason to think she wouldn’t develop her characters at a nice, even pace.
So, long-story-short, this one is definitely worth a read for fans of the PNR genre.
(On a side note: I still don’t understand why bear romances are so popular these days, but I suppose that’s my cross to bear. Get it? Bear? See what I did there? Heh? Clears throat. Sorry, everyone. I digress...)
Full disclosure: the author generously provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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